'Hank' the stray makes Milwaukee Brewers' rosterPosted: Updated:
Hank, the stray dog that walked on to the Milwaukee Brewers training camp in Maryvale in February, doesn't have to worry about being sent down to the minors.
He's earned a spot on the parent club's roster with sparkling play during the Cactus League season.
The team on Friday announced that Hank will make the move to Milwaukee as an official member of the Brewers' family.
"Hank, you are one of the few walk-ons we've had here," said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. "You've been a good teammate, and we think you can add to our ball club."
The Brewers brass said they weren't sure where Hank would play, but that he was listed as the team's roster as "rover."
"Because of what you've done here, you are going to make the club. You officially made the team today," the Brewers said.
And with that, Hank was presented his very own Brewers jersey with the number "K9" on the back.
Hank became a team and fan favorite after he was found wandering the streets of Phoenix as training camp began in February.
He was taken in by a staff member, cleaned up and given his shots and proceeded to roamed around the team's offices and playing fields.
The team said Hank would leave his Cactus League home Sunday, joining Brewers executives, sponsors and family members on a Southwest Airlines charter flight to Milwaukee.
Hank was expected to be met at Mitchell International Airport by several dignitaries, including Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
"There are so many people who have been part of the 'Hank story;' fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media, and all of those in his circle of caregivers," Melvin said.
"We're grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we're thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home," Melvin said.
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